More ugly - we're floored! Suggest something..  

Posted by Lietta Ruger

Dear Previous Owner;

We so appreciate the earnest remodelling you did to update this house and it's understandable that as you remodelled it was, in fact, in the 1970s so you were 'cutting edge' at the time BUT ---

did you have to use brown shag on the wood staircase?

tearing off the brown shag carpet reveals beadboard - what were they thinking! Admit it, we've probably got close to the worse staircase project restoration, right?

peeking under the brown shag reveals wood stairs and a jillion nails holding all that brown shag in place. Arghh, groan, huge project just ahead.

Now to the floors in the two rooms on main level (living and dining room).
Dear Previous Owner,

We think your use of expensive wall to wall berber carpeting was probably a good idea, but when you let other family live in the house in your absence, they must have repaired motorcycles or some such kind of thing in the two main rooms. I never could quite understand how such great carpeting could get so badly soiled and stained, that it was beyond salvage. So we finally took up all the carpeting and now I understand why you chose to do carpet overlay to the unfinished wood floor project we found beneath ..... why did you leave the wood floors in the living and dining room unfinished? Now what do we do once we took up the spoiled carpeting and have this patchwork project confronting us?

two rooms, two particle board unfinished floor areas where large persian carpets were once upon a time...

taking up the wall to wall carpet reveals the unfinished wood floor project beneath -- that's right, just cover the whole thing up with carpet - guess it's our project now

Okay, we're taking suggestions. Essentially, once upon a time, very large persian carpets adorned the two rooms, and someone came along later, we guess, to lay wood flooring 'around the persian carpet area rugs' -- ??? Why go to the trouble of laying out a beautiful wood floor and not do it completely? Sigh, okay so we've thought of a few ideas and would love to take more suggestions. We'd prefer to keep the existing wood flooring cause we like the look of what's already down, so what do we do to compliment the existing flooring to fill up two very, very large nailed down particle board rectangles in the middle of each room where persian carpets once laid?

Oh yes, please do comment, we'd love to hear about it .... believe me, my Sweetie and I have had more than a few comments between us, and now we have to 'move on' to more constructive ideas .. ha!

entry by Lietta Ruger - the woman of the house

This entry was posted on Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 8:18 AM . You can follow any responses to this entry through the comments feed .


Eh' It's not so bad. You could put in a couple of rows of hardwood (mitred at the corner) then put a tile inlay in the middle and make it look it was planned that way.

Either that or maybe a couple of rows of a lighter wood, then darker wood etc. so that it looks like some inlay pattern.

12:37 PM
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I feel your pain. When we started removing the carpet from our stairs, we discovered some PO over the past 100 years decided to replace a few of the treads and risers with particle board then, of course, cover them up with mauve (ick) carpet. Just makes you shake your head and say, "Ugh!"

Do you EVER feel like you'll uncover a treasure one of these days? The only thing I seem to find beneath the "ick" is "eeewww"! :)

11:13 PM
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Thanks for your suggestion Ninja. We had thought about covering the areas with a wood texture that would create an interesting pattern. So parquet comes to mind. Also thought about painting the areas in painted floor carpet patterns. I do oil paintings and considered (momentarily) doing two great artistic paintings in the two areas..Ha!

The mitered hardwood is good idea as would give gradual grade rather than abrupt edge where one could stub their foot and fall over and crack their head open (thinking about my elderly mother here).

Tile? Hmmmm, that is a good idea. Inlaid tile and/or .... gets us thinking.

8:19 AM
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Maria, thanks for feeling our pain..grin. Appreciate your sharing your staircase experience. It can always be worse, and as we finish uncovering the stairs and find 'repaired' steps...NO! Now I'm anxious to get the shag carpet off and see if we have a complete set of stairs.

Took a look at your bathroom pictures at your blog; very pretty bathroom, nice remodel.

8:27 AM
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Hi Lietta,

Thanks for the post and all the nice compliments. I'm very happy with the way the bath came out. As far as other pics of our house, there is an archive page that lists past entries. Most entries have pics, I think. Unfortunately, there is no "previous/next" feature available from this free service. Our first big project was the kitchen; actually, it's an ongoing project. I haven't gotten around to putting all the pics in a photo album...I really need to do that.
Thanks for returning the visit! I'll be back to check on your project!

10:40 AM
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Um, I meant progress! :)

10:41 AM
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This article is very useful article. all information and pictures are high quality. I hope that you will post more and thank you for sharing.

11:51 PM
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